“Happy Ramadan Mr. Libyan Dictator and terrorist network fundraiser,
Happy Ramadan to youuuuu!”
You can’t make this stuff up if you tried. The more you learn of this the more your stomach turns. Letting terrorists out of jail before their time is served is a miscarriage of justice, and Brown & Co are making a mockery out of justice in spades. When will the British get rid of this guy and his party? What a bunch of maroons. KGS
The the British and Scottish governments were facing acute pressure today over the release of the Lockerbie bomber after the most stinging criticism yet of the move.
In an unprecedented attack, FBI director Robert Mueller told the Scottish Justice Secretary he was ‘outraged’ at the release of Abdelbaset Ali Al Megrahi, saying it made a mockery of the law and gave comfort to terrorists.
Former Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell also slammed the decision, saying it was a ‘grave error of judgment’ which had damaged the reputation of Scotland.
The blistering comments came as Downing Street released the full text of a letter sent by Gordon Brown to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in which the Prime Minister wished the Libyan leader a happy Ramadan.
The letter, which was addressed to ‘Dear Muammar’, asked Gaddafi to ‘act with sensitivity’ over Megrahi’s homecoming.
‘A high-profile return would cause further unnecessary pain for the families of the Lockerbie victims. It would also undermine Libya’s growing international reputation,’ Brown wrote.
Instead, Megrahi was given a hero’s welcome in scenes described by President Barack Obama as ‘highly objectionable’.
The letter sent by FBI director Robert Mueller to
Scotland’s Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill
Dear Mr Secretary
Over the years I have been a prosecutor, and recently as the Director of the FBI, I have made it a practice not to comment on the actions of other prosecutors, since only the prosecutor handling the case has all the facts and the law before him in reaching the appropriate decision.
Your decision to release Megrahi causes me to abandon that practice in this case. I do so because I am familiar with the facts, and the law, having been the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the investigation and indictment of Megrahi in 1991. And I do so because I am outraged at your decision, blithely defended on the grounds of “compassion”.
Your action in releasing Megrahi is as inexplicable as it is detrimental to the cause of justice. Indeed your action makes a mockery of the rule of law. Your action gives comfort to terrorists around the world who now believe that regardless of the quality of the investigation, the conviction by jury after the defendant is given all due process, and sentence appropriate to the crime, the terrorist will be freed by one man’s exercise of “compassion”. Your action rewards a terrorist even though he never admitted to his role in this act of mass murder and even though neither he nor the government of Libya ever disclosed the names and roles of others who were responsible.
Your action makes a mockery of the emotions, passions and pathos of all those affected by the Lockerbie tragedy: the medical personnel who first faced the horror of 270 bodies strewn in the fields around Lockerbie, and in the town of Lockerbie itself; the hundreds of volunteers who walked the fields of Lockerbie to retrieve any piece of debris related to the break-up of the plane; the hundreds of FBI agents and Scottish police who undertook an unprecedented global investigation to identify those responsible; the prosecutors who worked for years – in some cases a full career – to see justice done.
But most importantly, your action makes a mockery of the grief of the families who lost their own on December 21, 1988. You could not have spent much time with the families, certainly not as much time as others involved in the investigation and prosecution. You could not have visited the small wooden warehouse where the personal items of those who perished were gathered for identification – the single sneaker belonging to a teenager; the Syracuse sweatshirt never again to be worn by a college student returning home for the holidays; the toys in a suitcase of a businessman looking forward to spending Christmas with his wife and children.
You apparently made this decision without regard to the views of your partners in the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for the Lockerbie tragedy. Although the FBI and Scottish police, and prosecutors in both countries, worked exceptionally closely to hold those responsible accountable, you never once sought our opinion, preferring to keep your own counsel and hiding behind opaque references to “the need for compassion”.
You have given the family members of those who died continued grief and frustration. You have given those who sought to assure that the persons responsible would be held accountable the back of your hand. You have given Megrahi a “jubilant welcome” in Tripoli, according to the reporting. Where, I ask, is the justice?
Robert S. Mueller, III